You need to do your best to carefully separate this—have a friend help you if possible. Your arms may become tired but you need to fix this issue before you get a big uni-lock growing out the back of your head!
To fix this, pull two locks apart from one another at a time. Pull the little root hairs apart one by one if you need. Gently and carefully work until the roots are separate all the way to this scalp.
Do not use scissors to cut the cross-bridges, or you run the risk or greatly weakening the base of your locks. Scissors are your ultimate LAST resort—after you’ve tried for many hours, if you still can’t get one or two knots out, you might consider snipping them, but otherwise do NOT use scissors to fix this. If it’s extreme enough, brush the matted section out and restart, rather them cutting them apart.
This will could take several hours of work to fix. Don’t feel like you have to do it all on one day.
Just pull a few hairs out of each cross bridge at a time, and be gentle and patient. Don’t work on wet hair, because you can break more hairs that way.
Once you have completely separated a cross bridge, you’ll have a lot of loose hairs hanging out the sides of each of the two locks. If you leave them they will likely mat and form a cross bridge again. So you will want to use a maintenance method to pull in those hairs so it doesn’t happen again.
Lastly, when all of the work is finished, be sure to separate your locks every day to keep this from happening again!
Best of luck!
- KJ and JR